"ROCKBIRD." Debbie Harry. Geffen.
Debbie Harry, the gorgeous hood ornament that adorned the seminal punk band Blondie, reigned supreme in the late '70s and early '80s as she blueprinted an innovative pop formula that resulted in the group's string of superb hit singles.
A classic tramp beauty of the Monroe variety, Harry was never more than an adequate vocalist, but she had a sense of humor, killer cheekbones and attitude to burn. Always in touch with the streets from which she rose, she and Blondie scored a hit with a reggae song, had the first rap crossover hit and forged a successful blending of punk and disco. She always dressed really well too.
A series of personal problems forced Harry into a lengthy sabbatical from recording that ends with this, her first LP in five years. I hate to say it cause it ain't right and it ain't fair, but Madonna--who stole some of her best moves from Debbie--may well be doing a better version of Debbie than Debbie herself is currently capable of. "Rockbird" is the kind of musical candy box that requires a strong video in order to hit pay dirt and it remains to be seen if Harry--now 40--will be able to give Madonna a run for her money in that department.